After the New York State Bar issued a report last summer on women’s underrepresentation in courtrooms, its lead author, former U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, followed up with an op-ed in The New York Times. Both her report and article posed a rhetorical challenge for law departments and law firms: If not now, when?

In December, the law department at JPMorgan Chase & Co. has invited mostly women lawyers from 15 of its regular outside firms to an event aimed at replying to that challenge with an exuberant “Now.”

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